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COUNCIL PRESIDENT PARKER REQUESTING BRIEFING FROM STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS ON RACIAL BREAKDOWN OF VACCINE DISTRIBUTION AND STRATEGIES MOVING FORWARD

PRESS RELEASE                                        Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Contact: Kim Garner

Email: kimberly.garner@birminghamal.gov
Council President William Parker is requesting a briefing from state health officials on equitable vaccine distribution for Birmingham’s predominately Black communities. The Alabama Department of Health has not yet released data detailing the number of Black Alabamians – or any racial demographic – that have received a vaccine.

Across the United States, African-American communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus, which has put healthcare disparities on full display. President Parker is asking for state officials to release the data to ensure that vaccines are being distributed equitably.

President Parker said he would also like to discuss both the short-term and long-term strategies for vaccine distribution moving forward. Last month, the Birmingham Park Board approved an item that would allow for recreation centers throughout the city to be used as vaccine distribution sites.

“We are entering into a very crucial time in our fight against COVID-19. It’s critical that vaccines are distributed as quickly and as efficiently as possible especially to groups who are more at risk for serious infection,” President Parker said. “I look forward to working with our state officials to determine our best path forward to maximize vaccination efforts here.”

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